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1980 Movie Reviews – He Knows You’re Alone

by Sean P. Aune | September 5, 2020September 5, 2020 10:30 am EDT

Welcome to an exciting year-long project here at The Nerdy. 1980 was an exciting year for films giving us a lot of films that would go on to be beloved favorites and cult classics. It was also the start to a major shift in cultural and societal norms, and some of those still reverberate to this day.


We’re going to pick and choose which movies we hit, but right now the list stands at nearly three dozen.

Yes, we’re insane, but 1980 was that great of a year for film.

The articles will come out – in most cases – on the same day the films hit theaters in 1980 so that it is their true 40th anniversaries. All films are also watched again for the purposes of these reviews and are not being done from memory. In some cases, it truly will be the first time we’ve seen them.

This time around it’s Sept. 1980, and we’re off to see He Knows You’re Alone! (We are off on the date for this one.)

Quick side note: Since we launched this series this year, we’ve discovered that Vintage Video Podcast is doing the exact same project with two differences: First, it’s audio (naturally), and second, they are doing every major film. We’ve listened to a couple of episodes and it’s fun checking off their thoughts against my own. Check them out over at Vintage Video Podcast.

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He Knows You’re Alone


I normally don’t try to use the photos from these movies as an editorial tool, but there’s a reason I chose this particular picture.

Imagine you have an entire horror/slasher film where you never once learn why the person is killing. Michael in Halloween? You got it. Jason in the Friday the 13th series? Yep, you know his reasons as well.

Ray Carlton in He Knows You’re Alone? Not a freakin’ clue.

Even Det. Len Gamble, who is obsessed with this killer, says he kills young brides. He’s emphatic about it. Well, could someone explain to me why he killed the bride’s friend who was having an affair with her professor? Neither of them were in the house with the bride, there was literally nothing to explain his motivation for those two kills.

The most notable thing about this dime-store Halloween ripoff (even the music sounds way too familiar) it features Tom Hanks in his first-ever film role.

From horrendous pacing – please, by all means, spin some more time pinning the wedding dress… WITHOUT ANYONE TALKING – poor lighting, lazy combat, and any other of a laundry list of reasons, this is just a bad movie.

Oh, and could someone explain to me why the morgue seems to be connected to a nearly endless tunnel system?

Avoid this one at all costs unless you really need to laugh at a poorly made movie. Oh, and side note… the title makes absolutely no sense. He never knows when anyone is alone. Ever.

1980 Movie Reviews will return on Sept. 8 with Battle Beyond the Stars!


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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing